Iraklia (Introduction): The small island of Iraklia is situated to the south of Naxos. It is the largest of the Minor Cyclades with a total area of 19 square kilometers and a population of just 120 resideants.
The tallest mountain of the island is called Papas, (419m. in height). On the slopes of that mountain, is Panagia, (officially named Iraklia), the island’s capital. The charming port of Ai-Giorgis is built on the edge of a narrow bay formed by two rocky hills. Above the bay of Livadi, the visitor can see the ruins of the old castle.
The beaches of Iraklia, (some of which are only accessible by boat), are either sandy or with pebbles and crystal clear waters.
The visitor can find here little, picturesque tavernas, cafeterias and bars providing full service. But remember: due to the small size of the island, accommodation is often limited.
In the southwest part of Iraklia, there is the Cave of Agios Ioannis, (Saint John), with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The cave has a depth of 120m. and is accessible from the main village of Panagia.
The island has boat connections wit h the port of Piraeus and with the neighboring island of Naxos.
Ikaria produces high quality wine and myzithra. If you visit the island, do not forget to try two of the best choices of the local cuisine, namely «pitarida», (pasta) and «meletinia», (sweet cheese pies).